Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Waning Christian Presence May Determine Iraq's Future

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The head of a ministry that serves persecuted Christians around the world says the future of the Church in Iraq is threatened if believers continue leaving the country. Kidnappings, written threats, bombings, and murder by Muslim terrorists are driving thousands of Iraqi Christians out of their homeland. Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, says while it is understandable that many Iraqi Christians fear for their lives, the exodus is leaving a spiritual void in the country. "Without a strong Christian presence in Iraq," Moeller explains, "the candidates in the upcoming elections who insist on a separation between religion and the state will have more of a say. They're going to move the country basically towards an Islamic theocracy. And that is, of course, something that will create more instability in the Middle East and not true democracy." A steady outflow of believers is under way in that country, and little is being done to stem the tide. But while many believers are fleeing Iraq, Dr. Moeller says others are choosing to stay and minister to their countrymen. Moeller says the upcoming elections set for January will be pivotal in determining the future--not only of Iraq as a nation, but also of the Church in that country. (From Agape Press)

May there be much prayer for the brothers and sisters of the faith in Iraq, and although hope is fading, may the Lord yet establish peace.

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